Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Hi everyone hope you are all well.  On my desk today is a bag of Indigo Blu samples I am doing for Kate at Bellaboo, a film I have been watching whilst crafting (Marigold Hotel-I have loved watching it), some gems , my phone, the remote for the tv, a piece of dried spaghetti and a card I have just completed for a friend who had a baby last week.

This is a close up of the card - a little to close maybe - I made it using a Sizzix die.  Its personalised with the baby's name weight and date of birth then added some bling (hence the spaghetti) and roses, and what card would be complete without a little faux stitching.  Have a fab Wednesday.  Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

How did that happen?

Hi everyone I hope that you are all well.  Tomorrow my little boy (all 6ft of him) will be 17.  I cant believe it, where on earth did that time go?  He is so looking forward to getting his driving licence and taking the next big step on his journey and I find myself wishing that I could have a few of those younger years back with him and my daughter again! Sad really they are both wanting to press the fast forward button and I want them to rewind  and press pause.  Anyway as most of you are aware he is mad about fishing so I was able to pull out my Inkylicious Gone Fishing Stamp Set.

I have used my good old chalks to add colour to my picture and the rosette was made using the Tim Holtz die.  The wording on this card is really appropriate as every fishing trip Robert returns from he always says I had a big one mum but it got away, I always say how big was it and then he extends his arms and says it was this big.  So I just couldn't resist.  Enjoy the rest of your day, thank you for popping by.

Best Wishes

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Back Again

And for my second Christmas in July entry for the Indigo Blu Challenge I decided to do something very different for me.  As I was working on it I kept thinking this is gonna be 1 for the bin, but do you know what I really quite like it ! Not my normal thing but sometimes its good to come out of your comfort zone.

I used the I Wish you a Merry Christmas dinkie stamp and the Retro Christmas stamp set.  I stamped the First I wish you a merry christmas then masked it off with a post it, changed colour the stamped in black around the red one, then masked off again the stamped in red.  I used my old Whisper markers to stamp with.  I stamped Santa and highlighted parts of his beard and hat with a grey whisper pen and used the red one again to colour his hat.  Again I added some glitter to add some sparkle and Voila something a little different.

That really is all for now folks.  Friday tomorrow hooooorraaayyyyyy.
Hugs and stuff



Christmas in July challenge

Hi everyone I hope that you are all well.  The evenings are starting to feel a little damp and autumnal now, its getting darker earlier and now everyone in the crafting world is talking Christmas!!!! Scary times. Indigo Blu have set their challenge for August as Christmas in July and as I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with them a little while ago I thought I would get out some of my Indigo Blu Christmas Stamps and have a go.  This is what I have come up with.  Hope you like them.

I have used the Stag Cliffhanger stamp.  I die cut a circle in the centre of a black piece of card and then stamped some elements of the tree with an embossing pad then used white embossing powder.  Then on a piece of white card I faintly drew the circle then stamped the stag and the tree.  I created the moon with a mask and my ink dusters.  I highlighted areas of the tree and deer with a white pencil just to add a little dimension.  The sentiment is part of  the same stamp and I just cut it out and matt it onto white card to lift it off the page.  I added the bow and some glitter just because you have to have sparkle at Christmas dont you.

Thanks for popping by.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Patterned Paper

I am not sure if you know but I am soooooooooo scared of patterned papers, daft I know, I have loads of it.  I find them a real challenge to work with, so when Kate of Bellaboo told me of her idea for the August Challenge I was thinking Oh Noooooooooo, it was going to be a massive personal challenge for me. This months challenge is 3,2,1.  I main image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments.  Here is my interpretation of it.

Its the Indigo Blu Wild meadow set again.  My main focal is the dandelions that I stamped with Tim Holtz faded jeans, I then die cut and brushed the edges with same colour.  For my first patterned paper I used versamark ink to stamp the corner stamp randomly over a sheet of card, I then chalked the whole piece with a light blue.  For pattern paper 2 I covered a piece of paper with a darker blue chalk then stamped the dandelion seeds in various places but this time with flitter glue, then I went back over tje whole area with the same chalk again.  I ripped the edges just to give it a bit of texture. So viola I now have 2 pieces of patterned paper.  My embellishments are 1, the bow,  2, the dazzler on the bow,  3, I used a Memory box die that is quite a long one so I cut bits off it and added them to my card.  To finish it all off I added some glitter and a few sparkleys.  Hope you like it.

So then I thought I would look through all my papers and have a go with the real patterned stuff, and remembered some papers that I won in a competition that Bellaboo run last year, before I became a member of the Bellaboo design team. They are Prima Natures Garden Collection.  They are all colour co-ordinating.  So I gave myself a good talking to and decided to try.  As it happens I am pleased with the finished piece.

Then I was on a roll.  I made Kates son a birthday card with black and white papers, I thought that I couldnt go wrong with the neutral colours.  Happy 21st Will hope you had a fab time.

Hope you like my work.  I am pleased with my results.  As I say I normally really shy away from Patterned papers and have surprised myself.

Have a go at the challenge you will find all the details on the Bellaboo website.  Good luck and thank you for popping by.  Lots of love and stuff



Saturday, 10 August 2013

Chocolate lollys

Hi everyone I hope that you are all well on this glorious Saturday evening.  I have sooooo many birthdays in August and September, and I like my gifts and cards to have a personal touch for its recipient.  Next week is my nephew Edwards 3rd birthday and he loves pirates and peter pan at the moment.  So this is part of his birthday pressie from our family.

What do you think?  They are all chocolate so he is gonna get all messy to.  They were great fun to make, I cant wait to see his face.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Thank you for stopping by.


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Happy Birthday Kate

Firstly I would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Kate hope that you have a wonderful day.  Thought I would share her birthday card with you.


Its another House of Zandra template, they really are lovely to use.  I have used Indigo Blu Wild Meadow stamp plate and my ink dusters to create the scene inside the arch.  I used Tim Holtz Tumbled glass as my main colour.  I made the flowers with a die cut and dusted them with the tumbled glass to give it a bit if colour. Hope you like it x
Bye for now

Saturday, 3 August 2013

A day full of crafting

What a day, up early to get all my jobs out the way, then a day of full on crafting.  I have so many projects that I needed to complete and I can now report i have nearly completed them.

I finished of a Wedding Album for my husbands cousin - finished some birthday gifts - finished off a sample for the Bellaboo August challenge and then made a pressie for my husbands aunt and uncle.  I am really pleased with how it turned out, and suprised my husband with it.  He is now talking about trying to do a mini family tree picture.  See what you think.

The picture doesn't do it justice as the pictures are really clear in the flesh.  I got the idea off the WOW embossing powder blog site.  Instead of using their embossing medium I used glossy accents - they have some great projects on there though.  You must have a look.  Its a good way of using up old bottle tops.

I have had a good day today, I could carry on crafting all night but best not I think I have pushed my luck a little to much now, best have some time with my hubby I suppose.  Hope that you are all well and enjoying your weekend so far.
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 1 August 2013

As promised

Well another lovely sunny day, hope that you are enjoying  it.  This is my finished piece from yesterdays post.  The papers are Papermania ones that I have had since year dot of crafting so it was good to use them up, and as I said yesterday the letters were from the House of Zandra alphabet templates.  Enjoy the rest of you day .  Bye for now.